Heartbroken mother says passengers applauded as her sick child got off a delayed plane
We're all aware that airplane rides can often be less than pleasant -- the seats are small and cramped, the food is disgusting, the babies are always crying, and what is the TSA even doing?
You'd figure that since flying is terrible enough on its own, passengers could at least be kind to one another to make up for it -- we're all in this together, right?
But one mother in Arizona is claiming the exact opposite.
On Monday, Christina Alvarado wrote on Facebook, "I witnessed disgusting behavior from the passengers of Allegiant flight 171 Bellingham to Phoenix/Mesa. My 7 yr old son had an allergic reaction to the dogs on the flight."
After the boy began exhibiting health issues, an Allegiant Airlines flight attendant was able to move the family elsewhere on the plane. However, an airport medical services said it may be unsafe for the child to fly and the family was asked to leave the plane.
As they left a group of passengers applauded.
Alvarado says her son was hurt particularly deeply, since the whole family was taking a trip to spend time together, as her husband has terminal cancer.
She notes the boy was, "...making memories with his father. Memories that you have now become part of...Thank you for your insulting, ignorant, insinuating comments that minimized my son's experience, and make a horrible memory at the end of my husbands life."
reports that Allegiant has since issued an apology to the family, but according to Alvorado, that isn't enough to repair the damage that's been done.
Ultimately, she wants her experience to reach as many people as possible to prevent it from happening again. "You don't know how much time people have or why they are hurting. Just be nice. Be kind."
Words to live by.
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